Tallentire unconcerned by Binfield FC's start to the seasonBy Adam Lee
July 19, 2012
Rather than be overawed by their daunting start to the Hellenic Premier Division season, Binfield boss Mark Tallentire is relishing the challenge.
The Moles have been dealt a rather difficult hand as they look to get their league season off to the best possible start.
Their season kicks off on Tuesday, August 7, at former champions Wantage Town, before they visit Bracknell Town in their eagerly anticipated FA Cup extra preliminary round tie.
From there it only gets more difficult, with Witney Town, a new-look side who have been touted as one of the favourites for promotion, then Highworth Town followed by newly-relegated Marlow.
They then finish their August league fixtures at Ascot United on Bank Holiday Monday.
But Tallentire admits the challenging league schedule is no bad thing, and will provide his players with an extra incentive to reach top form for the curtain raiser in just less than three weeks.
“It’s a tough start, but that will be good for us,” he said.
“We’ve got to hit the ground running and we have got to have ironed everything out before the start of the season.
“I think the league start could well work in our favour.
“We have to be right on it from the start.
“We dealt well with a tough start last season and as long as you are well prepared it can certainly help you out.
“We know what level we will have to be at for that first game.
“Witney, Flackwell, Marlow, Ardley, Slimbridge – they’re all going to be strong this year and it is difficult to predict who will struggle.
“It will be the side that is most consistent over the course of the season that will come out on top, and that is our goal, to be as consistent as possible.
“I feel we definitely under acheieved in the league last season and our focus this year has to be on improving that.
“We have to make sure we get reuslts when the going is tough – we need to be more resilient.”
The only players to have departed Hill Farm Lane so far this summer are midfielder Steve Nebbett, who has become Bracknell Town’s joint manager, and striker Carl Davies, who has joined Hungerford Town.
Tallentire has acted quickly to replace Davies, by bringing in former Hungerford livewire forward Jemel Johnson, who scored in Binfield’s 4-1 friendly win over Rayners Lane on Saturday.
Garry Sargeant has also been brought back to the club, while Joel Havermans will bridge the gap left by Nebbett.
Former Holyport full-back Ben Sturgess will provide an attacking threat from defence, something obviously missing since losing James Partridge to a long-term knee injury early last season.
Tallentire is also in the market for another striker, midfielder and defender, while he is hoping that former Wokingham & Emmbrook centre-back Shaun Wanklyn will follow up his pre-season interest by signing papers at Hill Farm Lane.